Presentation Design & Messaging: Tricks for Making Slides Look Polished and Pretty


Have you ever been handed a presentation that looked like rubbish (think: bullet points and clipart) and asked to ‘make it look better’? Oh, and you were only given 5 hours to do it!

While this may not be an ideal scenario, it’s one that many executive assistants often face. And when you are short on time, it can be hard to think of ways to make an ugly slide look presentable, let alone something you’re proud of.

In this webinar, you will learn some quick tricks for making ugly or cluttered slides look polished and pretty, including:

  • Ways to consolidate and shorten wording (using chunking and highlighting)
  • Making better use of Notes and Handouts to free up slide space
  • How to use icons and SmartArt like a boss (I bet you don’t know this trick no matter how much you use SmartArt!)
  • A couple design hacks to make a boring presentation look modern and bold

Bonus Handout: How to Improve a Boring Slide

Hot Tip: If the presentation you are given has the wrong fonts, instead of correcting it text box by text box, simply use the Replace Fonts tool. Go to the Home tab and click on the little arrow next to the Replace command and select ‘Replace Fonts’. Then, find the wrong font and replace it with the right one. Note that this will go through your entire document, including speaker notes and all masters.

About Camille Holden: Camille Holden is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, a software training company that provides self-paced courses, virtual trainings, and in-person workshops to professionals around the world. As a PowerPoint expert and coach, she helps busy professionals save hours and gain peace of mind, by getting them to master the software they use every day, rather than letting the software be the master of them. For the past 10 years she has been helping top level executives and Fortune 500 Companies meet their presentation training goals by empowering employees through their effective and entertaining training programs.

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April 27, 2020

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